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Ballard Berkeley (1904–1988)

Ballard Berkeley made his professional stage debut in 1928, and performed for many years in London's West End and in New York theatres. He is best remembered as Major Gowen in the British television series "Fawlty Towers" (1975). See full bio »

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(age 83) in London, England, UK

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 1989 The BFG
Head Of The Army (voice)
 1982-1987 Terry and June (TV Series)
Sir Arthur Forster-Carter / Colonel Culpepper
- They Also Serve (1987) ... Sir Arthur Forster-Carter
- Swingtime (1982) ... Colonel Culpepper
 1987 Me and My Girl (TV Series)
Major D'Arcy Pendleton
- Marriage in Haste (1987) ... Major D'Arcy Pendleton
 1986 Dramarama (TV Series)
 1985 European Vacation
Second English Motorist
 1984 That's My Boy (TV Series)
Commander Buckley
- Unfair Dismissal (1984) ... Commander Buckley
 1983 Hi-de-Hi! (TV Series)
Gentleman
- Empty Saddles (1983) ... Gentleman
 1983 Bullshot Crummond
Hotel Guest
 1983 Are You Being Served? (TV Series)
Fisherman
- Memories Are Made of This (1983) ... Fisherman
 1982 Kelly Monteith (TV Series)
- Episode #4.1 (1982)
 1982 Janet and Company (TV Series)
- Episode #2.1 (1982)
 1981 To the Manor Born (TV Series)
Hartley
- Connections in High Places (1981) ... Hartley
 1980 The Goodies (TV Series)
Chairman of the British Olympic Committee
- A Kick in the Arts (1980) ... Chairman of the British Olympic Committee
- Saturday Night Grease (1980) ... (uncredited)
 1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie)
Sir Harry
 1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's
Humphry Wills
 1979 Queen of the Blues
Uncle Fred (as Ballard Barclay)
 1979 Happy Ever After (TV Series)
Lucy's suitor
- Special: The Go Between (1979) ... Lucy's suitor
 1978 The Playbirds
Trainer
 1977 Citizen Smith (TV Series)
Sid
- The Path of True Love (1977) ... Sid (uncredited)
 1977 The Many Wives of Patrick (TV Series)
Smythe-Robinson
- Engaged Signal (1977) ... Smythe-Robinson
 1977 Just William (TV Series)
Major Franklin
- William and the Sleeping Major (1977) ... Major Franklin
 1977 Mr. Big (TV Series)
Hotel manager
- Going Straight (1977) ... Hotel manager
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Colonel Foster
- Dirtier by the Dozen (1976) ... Colonel Foster
 1975 Till Death Us Do Part (TV Series)
Golfer
- A Hole in One (1975) ... Golfer
 1975 Wodehouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Sir Alexander
- Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court (1975) ... Sir Alexander
 1973 Sykes (TV Series)
- Engagement (1973)
 1973 Oh, Father! (TV Series)
Dr. Grant
- Sufficient Unto the Day (1973) ... Dr. Grant
 1973 The Dick Emery Show (TV Series)
- Episode #11.12 (1973)
 1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield (TV Series)
Colonel
- Episode #1.5 (1973) ... Colonel
 1970-1973 Father Dear Father (TV Series)
Col. Battersby / Mr. Bates / The Colonel
- In All Directions (1973) ... Col. Battersby
- Housey Housey (1971) ... Mr. Bates
- One Dog and His Man (1970) ... The Colonel
 1972 Scoop (TV Series)
General Crutwell
- The Stitch Service (1972) ... General Crutwell
 1972 Bless This House (TV Series)
Group Captain
- Strangers in the Night (1972) ... Group Captain
 1972 The Shadow of the Tower (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Thomas Tyrrel
- A Fly in the Ointment (1972) ... Sir Thomas Tyrrel
 1970 The Weekend Murders
Peter, the butler
 1970 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Col. Satchwell-Simpson
- Haven of Rest (1970) ... Col. Satchwell-Simpson
 1969 Hadleigh (TV Series)
Lord Cranford
- A Memory of Time Past (1969) ... Lord Cranford
 1956-1969 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Colonel / Victor Dowson / Mr. Briggs / ...
- The Paperhangers (1969) ... Colonel
- A Quiet, Ordinary Woman (1961) ... Victor Dowson
- A Spot of Overtime (1960) ... Mr. Briggs
- George Drops the Book (1959) ... Charles Devenish
- The Pyromaniac (1958) ... Mr. Noakes
 1969 The Main Chance (TV Series)
Major Dibbyn
- Body and Soul (1969) ... Major Dibbyn
 1969 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series)
Lord Ringmould
- The Bishop Has a Flutter (1969) ... Lord Ringmould
 1968 Hostile Witness
Clerk of Court
 1968 Misleading Cases (TV Series)
Sir Ethelred Rutt QC
- Skirting the Issue (1968) ... Sir Ethelred Rutt QC
 1968 Star! (uncredited)
 1968 Detective (TV Series)
Assistant Commissioner
- Dover and the Deadly Poison Pen Letters (1968) ... Assistant Commissioner
 1968 Mum's Boys (TV Series)
 1968 Sexton Blake (TV Series)
John Pollock
 1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
First Committee Member
- Message for Posterity (1967) ... First Committee Member
 1964-1966 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (TV Series)
Sir Thomas MacNab / Colonel Cayley
- A Matter of Confidence (1966) ... Sir Thomas MacNab
- My Late Dear Husband (1964) ... Colonel Cayley
 1965 Blood Beast from Outer Space
Cmdr. Savage
 1965 The Murder Game
Sir Colin Chalmers
 1965 United! (TV Series)
Dr. Newkes
 1965 The Flying Swan (TV Series)
Dr. Stokes
- In Quarantine (1965) ... Dr. Stokes
 1964 Swizzlewick (TV Series)
Major Lamb
- The Spider's Web (1964) ... Major Lamb
- The Exercise (1964) ... Major Lamb
- Balance of Power (1964) ... Major Lamb
- A Spy in the Camp (1964) ... Major Lamb
- A Council of War (1964) ... Major Lamb
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)
Doctor
- Finishing School (1963) ... Doctor
 1963 Maigret (TV Series)
Dr. Pardon
- A Man Condemned (1963) ... Dr. Pardon
 1963 A Matter of Choice
Charles Grant
 1963 Ghost Squad (TV Series)
Lieber
- The Retirement of the Gentle Dove (1963) ... Lieber
 1963 Impact
Bill MacKenzie
 1960-1962 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Beverley / Simmy Knowles
- The Skeleton Wore Boots (1962) ... Beverley
- The Goat's Whiskers (1960) ... Simmy Knowles
 1962 Brothers in Law (TV Series)
Magistrate
- Solicitor's Instructions (1962) ... Magistrate
 1961-1962 The Cheaters (TV Series)
Mansion / Jefford / Harry Tyler
- The Back of Beyond (1962) ... Mansion
- The Mighty Warrior (1962) ... Jefford
- Libel (1961) ... Harry Tyler
 1961 Deadline Midnight (TV Series)
Desmond
- An Eye for Detail (1961) ... Desmond
- Take Over (1961) ... Desmond
- The Unforgiven (1961) ... Desmond
- One Way Ticket (1961) ... Desmond
- Letter from a Lady (1961) ... Desmond
 1961 The World of Tim Frazer (TV Series)
Chief Constable
- The Mellin Forest Mystery: Part 4 (1961) ... Chief Constable
 1960 The Army Game (TV Series)
Colonel Savage
- It's in the Book (1960) ... Colonel Savage
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Mr. Knowlys / L.W. Kershaw
- Governor Wall (1960) ... Mr. Knowlys
- Sir Roger Casement (1960) ... L.W. Kershaw
 1960 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Guy Hunter
- Episode #1.38 (1960) ... Guy Hunter
 1960 Trouble in the Sky
Commissioner
 1960 Knight Errant Limited (TV Series)
Pearson
- Eve and the Serpent (1960) ... Pearson
 1958-1959 The Common Room (TV Series)
Vaughan / Mr. Vaughan
- The Visitors (1959) ... Vaughan
- Of Books and Tins (1959) ... Mr. Vaughan
- That Great Artist Bisoni (1958) ... Vaughan
 1959 H.G.Wells' Invisible Man (TV Series)
Walter Manton
- Play to Kill (1959) ... Walter Manton
 1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series)
Rand the Goldsmith
- The Swindler (1958) ... Rand the Goldsmith
 1958 Further Up the Creek
Whacker Payne
 1958 Chain of Events
Stockman
 1955-1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Tybalt / Count De Waldern
- Roman Gold (1958) ... Tybalt
- Queen Eleanor (1955) ... Count De Waldern (as Ballard Berkley)
 1958 The Man Who Sold Death (TV Movie)
Insp. Gray
 1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Court Clerk (uncredited)
 1957 Curse of the Demon
1st Reporter (uncredited)
 1957 Just My Luck
Starter at Goodwood (uncredited)
 1957 After the Ball
Andrews
 1957 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Rafton
- Dan Tempest Holds an Auction (1957) ... Rafton
 1957 Battle Hell
Lt. Col. Dewar-Durie
 1956-1957 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Findley / Mr. John Lawson QC
- Dangerous Cargo (1957) ... Findley
- The Man in the Dock (1956) ... Mr. John Lawson QC
 1957 Peace and Quiet (TV Movie)
George Veryan
 1956-1957 The Crime of the Century (TV Series)
Major Trump
- The Century Closes (1957) ... Major Trump
- The Century Opens (1956) ... Major Trump
- Major Trump (1956) ... Major Trump
- Taffy (1956) ... Major Trump
- Abbie (1956) ... Major Trump
 1957 Bullet from the Past (Short)
Insp Berkeley
 1957 The Betrayal
Lawson
 1957 The New Adventures of Charlie Chan (TV Series)
Runnals
- Charlie's Highland Fling (1957) ... Runnals
 1956 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (TV Series)
Sir Urgan the Strong
- The Ferocious Fathers (1956) ... Sir Urgan the Strong
 1956 Teenage Bad Girl
Magistrate
 1956 Passport to Treason
Inspector Thredgold
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Edward Preston
- The Immigrant (1955) ... Edward Preston
 1955 The Stolen Airliner
Mr. Head
 1955 As I Was Saying (TV Series)
 1955 See How They Run
Col. Warrington
 1954 Child's Play
Dr. Nightingale
 1954 Delayed Action
Insp. Crane
 1954 Forbidden Cargo
Cooper (uncredited)
 1954 Dangerous Cargo
Findley
 1954 Young and Willing
Police Detective (uncredited)
 1953 White Fire
Insp. Haley
 1953 The Blue Parrot
Supt. Chester
 1953 A Place of Execution (TV Series)
Mr. Bradfield
- Eye for an Eye (1953) ... Mr. Bradfield
 1952 Evidence for Hire
Det. Insp. Hall
 1952 The Night Won't Talk
Inspector West
 1952 The Big Frame
 1952 The Frightened Man
Inspector Bligh
 1951 Mister Drake's Duck
Maj. Deans
 1951 The Long Dark Hall
Police Supt. Maxey
 1951 Blackmailed
Dr. McCormick
 1949 Third Time Lucky
Bertram
 1947 I Became a Criminal
Rockliffe
 1946 Quiet Weekend
Jim Brent
 1942 In Which We Serve
Engineer Commander
 1939 The Saint in London
Sir Richard Blake
 1939 False Rapture
Diner
 1939 The Outsider (uncredited)
 1938 There's Always Juliet (TV Movie)
Dwight Houston
 1937 Jenifer Hale
Richard
 1937 The Last Adventurers
Fred Devlin
 1936 East Meets West
Nazim
 1934 White Ensign
Cortez
 1933 Trouble (uncredited)
 1930 London Melody
Jan Moor
 1930 The Chinese Bungalow
Richard Marquess

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Replaced late actor Norman Shelley as Colonel Freddy Danby in the long-running BBC Radio 4 series, "The Archers". See more »

Alternate Names:

Ballard Barclay | Ballard Berkley

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Trivia:

Specialised in playing retired army officers and police inspectors. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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